For as long as I can remember, I’ve been plagued with one of the most annoying skin conditions known to man: redness. Okay, that might be a tad dramatic, but as someone who suffers from mild rosacea, redness is basically my middle name. Spicy food, an intense workout, a relaxing glass of wine, a hint of anxiety, a slight breeze, a Tuesday—basically, you name it, and it irritates my skin.
I always assumed this was a personal problem that I had to deal with. It wasn’t until I read a recent Man Repeller Instagram post about an editor’s battle with pink cheeks and saw the hundreds of comments that I realized this is a common problem. Being the product junkie that I am (don’t judge), I’ve tested just about every formula on the market that’s promoted as redness-reducing, anti-inflammatory, neutralizing, calming, etc., so I figured I should share the knowledge I’ve acquired.
Below, I’m breaking down the real deal with all of these options and giving my honest reviews about the best redness-reducing skincare products—essentially, which ones helped and which ones are a waste of time (and money). I gave each product a rating on a 5-star scale, and only two earned the honor of 5 stars and I would now consider my holy-grail products. Now, I’m strictly talking skincare here, not makeup to cover up the rosiness. If you’d like another story on that (or would just like to discuss this further because I could truly talk about this all day), feel free to slide into my DMs here.